It's got sway
The power of television. Check out this blog from Mental Floss for the breakdown of how Friends, ER, How I met your Mother, CSI and other shows have influenced viewers. Here are some examples:
The strategic placement of this soap opera got voters.
D'Oh. This show changed the way we speak.
This prime time soap opera became a showcase for artwork.
This dutch tv show helped draw attention to the shortage of organ donors - it was a twisted plot, but it worked!